Runner Saves Former Military & Police Dogs – Chicago Marathon

August 13, 2009 - 6:58pm — GettingOutside
Shelley Brown runs the Chicago Marathon

By Shelley Brown - Have you ever done something for a little over 4 hours while essentially not thinking about anything except just being present and part of the world? I never had either until I started running long distance.

I ran my first marathon in 2001 after quitting a 16 yr. smoking habit. I knew when I put that last cigarette down that a marathon would be my goal! 20 marathons later, here I am getting ready to run the Chicago Marathon in October. #21 and counting!!!

Running Chicago Marathon for an Amazing & Compelling Cause

This year will be very special. I decided it was about time to run for a cause. There are so many charities our there but I knew because of my love for dogs, I wanted to run for an animal related charity.

There are thousands of dogs being used by the military and law enforcement today. Unfortunately when they are injured or retired, many of them are unable to find suitable homes to live out their lives. Due to their training, a majority of these dogs cannot be adopted out by regular families. We’re here to provide a comfortable home for these FORGOTTEN SOLDIERS.

Of all places, I met the founder of Save-A-Vet at a tattoo expo! I was so compelled by this charity’s purpose, that I asked if I could raise money for Save-A-Vet by asking people to sponsor my next race.

Friends and Animal Lovers! Please visit my charity website and donate if you can. Even $5 or $10 will be helpful. I appreciate it and so do the dogs!

About Save-A-Vet

Danny Scheurer, an Iraq veteran, is the Founder and CEO of Save-A-Vet Inc. a 501(c)(3) organization set up to provide a comfortable atmosphere in which these Forgotten Soldiers can live out the remainder of there lives.

Everyday our troops rely on our K-9 friends for protection. There have been many times when our bomb-sniffing canines have saved the lives of US soldiers as they performed their duties.

When our canines retire from their commission, they should live out the remainder of their days in peace. However, many military and law enforcement K-9’s are unable to be placed up for adoption due to their training, past experiences or injuries obtained in the line of duty.

Our canine friends and partners will do anything for us. They protect us and give their lives to keep us out of harms way. Now they need our help to take care of them, to protect them, to give them a place to live after their work is done. That is the mission of Save-A-Vet.

In addition, the ultimate goal of Save-A-Vet, once at 100% strength, is to provide disabled, injured and retired military and law enforcement veterans, housing and employment to help us care for these Forgotten Soldiers.

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I am glad to see the great

I am glad to see the great work that she is doing. There is so much that you can get from this. Keep up the good work.

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Way to Go Shelley

Great story about kicking the habit and good Pics! You look pretty darn relaxed out there on the road.

Go Shelley and Save-A-Vet!